Contains: Other, M 43, NGC 1982, NGC 1977, NGC 1980, M 42, Great Nebula in Orion, NGC 1976, NGC 1975, NGC 1973, The star 45Ori, The star ιOri, The star θ2Ori, The star θ1Ori, The star 42Ori
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Orion’s Nebula – Coloring with Star Tools

Technical card

Resolution: 2329x1774 job: 1926620

RA center: 83.812 degrees

DEC center: -5.327 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.288 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.890 degrees

Field radius: 0.930 degrees


Orion’s Nebula – Coloring with Star Tools

I decided to set this project aside to clear my head and then the light came on to get some color into this image by using Star Tools and multiple masks. This is my first pass but not my last; just an experiment in adding color, another step in this post processing project.

The data was given to me for practice by Niall MacNeill and his original image, gear, and settings can be found here:

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Orion’s Nebula – Coloring with Star Tools, 


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